Cobra Kai season 4 is going to roundhouse kick into action by the end of the year. The Netflix show is still filming its fourth season, but the streamer announced that it will be ready to premiere in late 2021. The Karate Kid sequel series has already revealed episode 1's title and added several new cast members. Plus, co-creator Jon Hurwitz recently teased the kinds of scenes fans can expect in the future.
Cobra Kai is one of Netflix's most popular shows. It follows former Karate Kid rivals Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) almost 30 years after the events of the first film. Now, they're all grown up with kids of their own, but their rivalry reignites when Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo and begins teaching new karate students of the next generation.
Based on events from the finale, we may see Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, the main villain from the Karate Kid Part III movie. He may be joined by Sean Kanan as karate bad boy Mike Barnes. More on that below.
Season 3 cast members that are not expected to return include Yuji Okumoto as Chozen and Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko, whom Daniel reunited with on his Okinawa trip. It's also unlikely that Elisabeth Shue reprises her role as Ali, the former love interest of Johnny and Daniel who popped up to visit for the holidays.
Netflix announced two new cast members for Season 4 on Twitter. Dallas Dupree Young (Cousins for Life, Shameless) will be playing Kenny, a bullied new kid in school who turns to karate as a way to defend himself. And Oona O'Brien (Annie, School of Rock) is Devon, a potential new karate student who is relentlessly competitive, a quick study, and equally quick-tempered when she’s provoked.
Recently, Cobra Kai cast members have weighed in on the possibility of Aisha's character (who wasn't in season 3) returning for season 4. Cobra Kai co-creator Hayden Schlossberg didn't confirm a return, but his words give hope: "What we will say is, as you’ve seen in season three, characters who maybe you thought were no longer a part of the story, do come back and play a role. Just using [Kyler] as an example. And so, people who want to see Aisha again, I think that’s how we would respond to that, without giving anything away."
Co-creator Jon Hurwitz recently took to Twitter to tease some emotional scenes in the next batch of episodes. Fans should get ready to laugh AND cry.
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